Reviews

Dec 28, 2010
Some mature themes--best for older teens.
Oct 13, 2009
Affectlessness is not a quality much prized in movie protagonists, but Billy Bob Thornton, that splendid actor, does it perfectly as Ed Crane.
Nov 7, 2007
The film holds the interest, to be sure, but more due to the sure sense of craft and precise effect that one expects from the Coens than from genuine involvement in the story.
Nov 7, 2007
Joel and Ethan Coen stay true to their bent for dense heroes and neonoir, and to their unshakable conviction that life usually turns out to be splendidly horrific.
Dec 30, 2006
Slowly paced for a thriller and with a hero many will find off-putting, this is nevertheless a gripping, unusual and challenging work from the most consistently brilliant filmmakers of the last decade.
Jun 24, 2006
In this the Coens' sly script is helped no end by Billy Bob Thornton's supremely eloquent performance as the taciturn tonsor, lent terrific support from Frances McDormand as the wife.
Jul 21, 2005
Despite the movie's humor and sense of irony, it takes on a sense of somberness as it progresses.
Oct 19, 2003
A perfectly executed illustration of what is not, quite, great about the Coen brothers, which is a kind of grandstanding, and another kind of weirdly alienating insincerity.
Mar 22, 2002
A paradoxical film even by the Coen brothers' standards: a painstakingly crafted throwaway.
Jan 22, 2002
The Man Who Wasn't There denatures pulp, and although I know this was the Coens' intention, it's not a particularly gratifying one. Their movie isn't there, either.
Nov 22, 2001
The most engrossingly eccentric American movie of the year.
Nov 16, 2001
If the drabness doesn't get you, the deliberately glacial pacing will.
Nov 15, 2001
It's a bit of a mess, the work of bratty geniuses with talent to spare, but unsure of what -- if anything -- they're trying to say.
Nov 11, 2001
The film contains sprinklings of the Coens' trademark weirdness, but it's also meticulously controlled, like an elaborate puppet show for adults.
Nov 11, 2001
A noble failure in the canon of America's best sibling film team, a movie that was there just a bit too long.
Nov 11, 2001
A beautifully executed film that is remarkable on many, many levels.
Nov 10, 2001
Outstanding performances from the entire cast, especially Tony Shaloub as Califonia's leading criminal defense lawyer.
Nov 9, 2001
You may be surprised at how long The Man Who Wasn't There sticks around, lingering in the mind long after everyone has met his or her inevitable fate.
Nov 4, 2001
An unconventional, unpredictable thriller that Hitchcock probably would have enjoyed.
Nov 4, 2001
It's the best-looking film of the year, hands down, and Thornton is dazzling, a dull diamond in the gutter rough.